Sunday August 28, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.- Romans 13 : 1 (NET).
LISTEN : In our previous devotional on this topic, we discovered that our duties to those in authority are to pray and intercede for them; and most of all, to give thanks on their behalf. Nobody give thanks for what he or she doesn’t accept in good faith. For us to be able to “stand in the gap” for our leaders we must accept their positions as leaders in good faith. We may be hurt or directly affected by the actions of people in authority, but that doesn’t exclude us from praying and interceding for them. It sounds difficult and senseless right? Does the bible say anything different from what I’m saying? Of course not!
Why does the bible commands us to pray and intercede for those in authority? It is because that’s the will of God for his people, and our peace and wellbeing is dependent on that. In Jeremiah 29:7 the bible said, ” And be working for the peace of the land to which I have had you taken away prisoners, and make prayer to the Lord for it: for in its peace you will have peace.” Beloved, do you hear that? The Israelites were invaded and taken away captives by the Babylonians, and were not happy with the government and people of Babylon. However, God commanded them to pray to Him for the good of Babylon, because their own (Israelites) peace and wellbeing is dependent on the peace and wellbeing of their captors, the Babylonians.
I know that a lot of people are living like prisoners in their own countries due to the actions of their leaders. But should that negate the command to pray and intercede for them? Should we not submit ourselves to our leaders anymore? Of course not! Whoever the leader is, and however he or she came into power, God permits it for a purpose. Do you remember, that Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar were variously raised for God’s purpose? Romans 13 : 1- 2, puts it clear thus: ” Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Henceforth, let’s submit to those in authority and channel our energies to praying and interceding for them, that the will of God be done in our lives.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Submit to the government of your country in as much as it doesn’t negate God’s commands.
2. Help the leaders daily with your prayers and intercessions.
3. Encourage others to join you praying and interceding for leaders at all levels.
Daily Task : let’s submit to those in authority and channel our energies to praying and interceding for them, that the will of God be done in our lives.
Daily Reflection : We may be hurt, or directly or indirectly affected by the actions of people in authority, but that doesn’t exclude us from praying and interceding for them.
Prayer : Blessed Father, today I ask for grace to invest more time in praying and interceding for our leaders in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I make a prophetic decree over your life, may God raise you as a vessel of peace in the land, and make you an intercessor in Jesus ‘ name.